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Program Notes

From Every Horizon

Norman Dello Joio, composer

From Every Horizon is a version of a score done for a film of the same name that was shown at the New York World’s Fair. Dello Joio has arranged the score into three short movements which portray the hurly-burly of the commuter, the hustle of the typical New Yorker, and the weary tourist. The first movement begins and ends with a pastoral mood that prevails in the outskirts of town. In the middle, our commuter has apparently arrived in the center of town because the tempo becomes more animated and a new theme, full of bustle, appears. The second movement is nocturnal in mood, slightly reminiscent of the French horn opening in Mendelssohn’s Nocturne. One hears isolated and stylized city sounds suggested by bits of melody, chords, trills, chimes, percussive effects, and muted tones. In the third movement, we are again in the daytime bustle of the city. The piccolo, flute, oboe, and clarinet play a bright tune over a bustling accompaniment.

—Gene Braught, University of Oklahoma


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